SEATTLE—Washington’s redshirt freshman Colby Gilbert (left, #11, behind Garrett Heath/photo by Paul Merca) set a new school record in the 3000 meters as he finished third behind Arkansas’ Kemoy Campbell and Garrett Heath of the Seattle-based Brooks Beasts at the Husky Classic hosted by the UW at the Dempsey Indoor.
Gilbert, who was in contention for most of the race, ran 7:49.25 to eclipse Colton Tully-Doyle’s 2011 mark of 7:53.13. More importantly, Gilbert put himself in a strong position to earn one of the sixteen spots to qualify for the NCAA championship meet in four weeks in Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Another Husky distance runner putting herself in prime position to go to the national championships is Maddie Meyers, who finished seventh in the 3000 in 9:07.53, as Arkansas’ Dominique Scott won in a meet record time of 8:52.57, with Tacoma’s Brie Felnagle second in 8:54.77, and Angela Bizzarri of the Brooks Beasts third in 8:58.91.
In other highlights:
—Olympian Ryan Bailey set a meet record in the 60 meter dash, running 6.50 in the semis, and 6.53 to win the finals over training partner Joe Morris;
—Montana State’s Cristian Soratos ran a collegiate leading 3:55.27 to win the men’s mile and lead five others under 4 minutes;
—The Huskies’ Diamara Planell Cruz set a new personal best and Puerto Rican national indoor record in the pole vault, as she cleared 14-2 (4.32m).
In New York, the ageless Bernard Lagat finished fourth in the Wanamaker Mile at the NYRR Millrose Games, running 3:54.91 to set a new world masters record, as Matthew Centrowitz won in 3:51.35, with Mark Wieczorek of the Brooks Beasts doing the pace work for the first five laps.
Rainier Beach grad Michael Berry finished second in the men’s 500 meter dash in 1:00.43, as Bryce Spratling won in 1:00.06.